Nature Sightings

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Latest Sightings:

Birds at Hager Pond in Marlborough

April 14, 2021

A common grackle at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common grackle at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards and tree swallows at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards and tree swallows at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A tree swallow at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A tree swallow at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Tree swallows at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Tree swallows at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Tree swallows at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Tree swallows at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a common grackle, mallards, and tree swallows at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Birds in Southborough

April 14, 2021

A brown-headed cowbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A brown-headed cowbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A brown-headed cowbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A brown-headed cowbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
European starlings at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
European starlings at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a brown-headed cowbird, an eastern bluebird, European starlings, and a red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Red-winged Blackbird in Framingham

April 13, 2021

A red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham.

Cowbird in Framingham

April 12, 2021

A brown-headed cowbird in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A brown-headed cowbird in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed this brown-headed cowbird in Framingham.

Birds in Sudbury

April 11, 2021

An American goldfinch in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
An American goldfinch in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
Brown-headed cowbirds in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
Brown-headed cowbirds in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A chipping sparrow in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A chipping sparrow in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
An eastern bluebird in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
An eastern bluebird in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A red-winged blackbird in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A red-winged blackbird in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.

Sharon Tentarelli photographed an American goldfinch, brown-headed cowbirds, a chipping sparrow, an eastern bluebird, and a red-winged blackbird in Sudbury.

Turkey in Natick

April 11, 2021

A turkey in Natick, photographed by Chuck Hill.
A turkey in Natick, photographed by Chuck Hill.
A turkey in Natick, photographed by Chuck Hill.
A turkey in Natick, photographed by Chuck Hill.
A turkey in Natick, photographed by Chuck Hill.
A turkey in Natick, photographed by Chuck Hill.

Chuck Hill photographed this turkey in Natick.

Birds in Hopkinton

April 10, 2021

A northern flicker at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern flicker at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pileated woodpecker at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pileated woodpecker at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pileated woodpecker at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pileated woodpecker at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pileated woodpecker at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pileated woodpecker at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a northern flicker, an osprey, and a pileated woodpecker at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.

Birds in Marlborough

April 9, 2021

An American crow at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American crow at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
American crows at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
American crows at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
American crows at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
American crows at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A turkey vulture at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A turkey vulture at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A turkey vulture at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A turkey vulture at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American crow at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American crow at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common grackle at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common grackle at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed American crows, a turkey vulture, a common grackle, and a red-winged blackbird at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Birds in Southborough

April 9, 2021

A downy woodpecker at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A downy woodpecker at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Turkey vultures at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Turkey vultures at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a downy woodpecker, eastern bluebirds, and turkey vultures at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Nature at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Stow

April 9, 2021

A black-capped chickadee at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A black-capped chickadee at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A Canada goose at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A Canada goose at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A great blue heron at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A great blue heron at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Great blue herons at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Great blue herons at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Great blue herons at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Great blue herons at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A mourning cloak butterfly at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A mourning cloak butterfly at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
An osprey at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
An osprey at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
An osprey at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
An osprey at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
An osprey and a tree swallow at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
An osprey and a tree swallow at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Painted turtles at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Painted turtles at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Ring-necked ducks at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Ring-necked ducks at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A song sparrow at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A song sparrow at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Tree swallows at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Tree swallows at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A white-tailed deer at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A white-tailed deer at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Gail Sartori.

Gail Sartori photographed a black-capped chickadee, a Canada goose, great blue herons, a mourning cloak butterfly, an osprey, tree swallows, painted turtles, ring-necked ducks, a song sparrow, and a white-tailed deer at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Stow. 

Pussy Willow in Northborough

April 9, 2021

Pussy willows in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
Pussy willows in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
Pussy willows in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
Pussy willows in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.

Marnie Frankian photographed pussy willow blooming in Northborough.

Tree Swallows in Maynard

April 7, 2021

Tree swallows at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Tree swallows at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.

Gail Sartori photographed these tree swallows at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard.

Birds at Breakneck Hill in Southborough

April 6, 2021

An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an American goldfinch, a black-capped chickadee, an eastern bluebird, and a song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Black-capped Chickadee in Framingham

April 6, 2021

A black-capped chickadee in Framingham, photographed by George Marold.
A black-capped chickadee in Framingham, photographed by George Marold.

George Marold photographed this black-capped chickadee bathing in a Framingham stream.

Eastern Bluebird in Framingham

April 6, 2021

An eastern bluebird in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
An eastern bluebird in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
An eastern bluebird in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
An eastern bluebird in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed this eastern bluebird in Framingham.

Turkey Vultures in Sudbury

April 6, 2021

Turkey vultures in Sudbury, photographed by Tree Raine.
Turkey vultures in Sudbury, photographed by Tree Raine.

Tree Raine photographed these turkey vultures in Sudbury.

Bald Eagles in Southborough

April 5, 2021

A pair of bald eagles at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of bald eagles at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of bald eagles at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of bald eagles at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a pair of bald eagles at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.

Birds at Hager Pond in Marlborough

April 5, 2021

American crows at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
American crows at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed American crows, a mallard, and a red-winged blackbird at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Tufted Titmouse in Southborough

April 3, 2021

A tufted titmouse at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A tufted titmouse at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A tufted titmouse at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A tufted titmouse at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a tufted titmouse at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Birds at Hager Pond in Marlborough

April 2, 2021

An American wigeon at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American wigeon at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American crow at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American crow at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
American crows at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
American crows at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an American wigeon, Canada geese, a red-winged blackbird, a ring-billed gull, American crows, and mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Chickadee and Swallows in Hopkinton

April 2, 2021

A black-capped chickadee at Mass Audbuon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.
A black-capped chickadee at Mass Audbuon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.
A tree swallow at Mass Audbuon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.
A tree swallow at Mass Audbuon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.
A tree swallow at Mass Audbuon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.
A tree swallow at Mass Audbuon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.
A tree swallow at Mass Audbuon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.
A tree swallow at Mass Audbuon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.

Steve Forman photographed a black-capped chickadee and a tree swallows at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.

Common Mergansers and a Bald Eagle in Southborough

April 2, 2021

A bald eagle at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Common mergansers at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Common mergansers at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Common mergansers at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Common mergansers at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a bald eagle and common mergansers at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.

Great Blue Heron in Framingham

April 2, 2021

A great blue heron along the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Brendan Kearney.
A great blue heron along the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Brendan Kearney.
A great blue heron along the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Brendan Kearney.
A great blue heron along the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Brendan Kearney.
A great blue heron along the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Brendan Kearney.
A great blue heron along the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Brendan Kearney.

Brendan Kearney photographed this great blue heron along the Sudbury River in Framingham.

Bald Eagles in Southborough

March 31, 2021

A bald eagle at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a pair of bald eagles over the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.

Brown-headed cowbirds in Southborough

March 31, 2021

Brown-headed cowbirds at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Brown-headed cowbirds at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Brown-headed cowbirds at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Brown-headed cowbirds at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a pair of brown-headed cowbirds at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.